Animal Health Trust reminds dog owners to be aware of mystery seasonal illness

The Animal Health Trust (AHT) has issued a reminder to dog owners to be aware of seasonal canine illness (SCI), a mystery illness that affects dogs during the autumn.

AHT said that SCI is normally characterised by vomiting, which may be accompanied by diarrhoea and lethargy and these clinical signs are usually witnessed within three days of having roamed in a woodland area.

“Unfortunately, in some cases, SCI becomes severe very quickly and, sadly, some dogs do not survive.” AHT said.

“Cases have been reported all over the UK, are generally seen from August onwards, peak in September and may be seen in to November.

“The most important thing is to take seriously the signs of sickness, diarrhoea and lethargy in your dog, especially if they start within 72 hours of a walk in a woodland area.”

A poster to help raise awareness of SCI is available HERE.



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